Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Green Hotel is Honoured

By Ben Aulakh

A West Midlands Hotel has been given a major award for being the greenest restaurant in the region.

Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield has scooped the prestigious title of Birmingham Green Restaurant of the Year.

They gained the top gong in the city’s Green Restaurant Awards for their commitment to reducing the hotel’s impact on the environment.

More than 13 Restaurants were judged in the categories of waste management, energy reduction, staff and community and purchasing; awards were given to the restaurants that best demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and environment.

Angela Burns, chief executive of Webb Hotels, owners of Moor Hall said, “We were delighted to receive the Green Restaurant Award for the Energy Reduction, and to be crowned Green Restaurant of the Year.

“It was a great honour as these awards are testament to all the hard work that our green team has put in over the last few years to reduce our carbon footprint in every area of the hotel.

Moor Hall Hotel received special recognition for their efforts in reducing their energy consumption; they have installed a new energy efficient boiler, use a heat recovery system to save energy alongside energy efficient light bulbs.

Angela added, “We are determined to find ways to become even more environmentally friendly in the future.”

All the winners were announced at a ceremony on July 16; other winners included the Eastside Café, on Coventry Street in the city who won the Purchasing award for their commitment to sourcing local produce.

The Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath won the award for Staff and Community as the restaurant offers work experience and employment to students and the long-term unemployed.

Cafe staff also work with local charities Rathbone and Mencap to offer training and employment to people with learning difficulties.

The winners of the Waste Management category were The Warehouse Café for the unique donation of their waste vegetable oil to volunteering and training charity CSV Environment, who use it as bio-fuel for their Run a Muck recycling project.

Runners up in the awards were the Wing Wah Restaurant for Waste Management, French Mustards for Energy Reduction, Mint Restaurant for Staff and Community and the renowned Opus Restaurant for purchasing.

Councillor Timothy Huxtable, cabinet member for transportation and regeneration said: “These awards have demonstrated that Birmingham’s restaurants are playing their part in making Birmingham a leading green city.

“By cutting waste and energy consumption, restaurants can increase their profitability and by sourcing locally and working with their community they can also increase their customer base.

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